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Graduations like no other

Members of the Evergreen High School class of 2021 walk down the stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre at the start of the graduation ceremony on May 20.

Conifer High School principal Wesley Paxton introduces graduates Adelaine Hollander and Abigail Sundquist, senior speakers and best friends since kindergarten.


EHS’ graduating class finds normalcy at Red Rocks commencement BY DEB HURLEY BROBST DBROBST@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

With a few minor exceptions, Evergreen High School’s graduation on May 20 looked much like graduations of the past — a welcome change from the pandemic-related turmoil and cancellations that plagued the class of 2021. “I cried when I was told we would

go to Red Rocks (Amphitheatre),” EHS valedictorian Abigail Cohen said before commencement began. “With everything we weren’t able to do this year, I was so happy to have Red Rocks for graduation.” EHS has hosted its graduation nearly every year at Red Rocks for at least a decade, though thanks to the pandemic, last year’s graduation was in August at Jeffco Stadium. Cohen told her 245 fellow graduates that the past two years have been the hardest the class has faced, but students created their own connections. SEE EHS GRADS, P16


CHS’ class of 2021 laughs, cheers to celebrate its milestone BY DEB HURLEY BROBST DBROBST@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

There’s nothing like celebrating a major life milestone after a school year that was in the midst of a pandemic — and cheering like you would at a pep assembly. That was the tone of the Conifer High School graduation on the Larry Fitzmaurice Field on May 22

when 215 seniors commemorated their four years at the school. That included some laughs, some tears, some cheers and many thank yous. Each student wore a purple cord signifying resilience. Eric Kragel, the school’s athletic director, had the graduates cheer as if they were in a pep assembly, noting this was the first time during the 2020-21 school year that they were able to loudly and proudly proclaim that they were Conifer Lobo seniors. He had the audience laughing as he reminded them of the year’s trials: masks, one-way hallways, SEE CHS GRADS, P17

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May 26, 2021



Albert J. Veinberg

Lynn Marie (Statires) Kram

December 5th, 1943 – May 15th, 2021 proclaimed, “I wasn’t a bouncer; I was an Intemperate Behavior Moderator.” For us laypeople, that’s a bouncer with a college degree.

After 77 beautiful years, God has taken our larger-than-life husband, father, grandfather, and faithful friend Albert “Al” J. Veinberg to his final resting place. Albert, born in Riga, Latvia, passed away at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. His passing was comfortable and peaceful with his family beside him. Al and his family immigrated to the USA in November of 1950, and they were sponsored by the community Lutheran Church in Chatfield, Ohio. On their trip across the big pond, he happily recalled watching his mother sew new pants for him so he could be presentable for the Statue of Liberty. With a short stop in Indiana, the family finally settled in the beautiful state of Colorado, which would remain his home for the rest of his life. Al graduated from East High School, Denver, in 1963. He had fond memories of the friends and teachers he met there. To quote him directly, “We were doing all kinds of shit… Physics, Calculus, Geometry, and Latin too.” Now that East High Angel has become our angel. Just when Al thought life couldn’t get more exciting, he was drafted into the military in 1968—stationed at U.S. Continental Army Command Headquarters (USCONARC)(H.Q.) at Fort Monroe, VA as a systems analyst/programmer. He was honorably discharged as a Specialist E-5 in 1970. “I want to be like them someday,” is what he’d say while recounting seeing American soldiers while living in a displaced persons camp in Germany in the 1940s. He got his wish. Al considered his service to his country an honor and a privilege. Al made many friends while working as a Project Engineer for the Colorado Dept. of Transportation (CDOT) for 33 years. There are plenty of bridges and intersections throughout the Denver-Metro area that he helped plan or design—and he was happy to tell you about every single one of them. Al was incredibly proud of the work he did with the Colorado Historical Society while at CDOT. He helped secure federal funding to have beautifully designed signage denoting places of historical significance placed throughout our great state. His family sees these markers and thinks lovingly of him and how he had a hand in their construction. Albert received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder ‘70. In 1982, He received his graduate degree in Public Administration from CU Denver. From the school of hard knocks, his third degree came in the ‘70s while he was a bouncer at the Little Bear in Evergreen on weekends. He proudly

Al somehow managed to woo and marry the love of his life, Gayle, in 1978. Al was able to win her over with a charming conversation they had the day they met. He told her, “I’m Latvian, I work for CDOT, and my mom likes me.” That sealed the deal. They were married for 42 ½ years, to be exact. Gayle, you have formally cemented your sainthood. Al and Gayle had two children, Erik ‘80 and Julia ‘81. With his large, warm hands, he picked up his children when they fell and continued to do so throughout their lives. He taught his children many necessary skills, including but not limited to: how to ride a bike, catch a fish, chop wood, change a tire, and of course, play poker. As a gentle, ever-caring father, he taught his children kindness and compassion and, in his words, “I gave them their smarts…and their looks.” (Gayle, we know those really came from you.) His comforting presence will truly be missed. Al had a joke for every moment in life, and those who knew him had heard them all at least a million times. He was a master of many things, including math no one uses in real life, poker playing, collecting old mail, and of course, the “comb-over.” There was never a dull moment with him—his gregarious, boisterous, loving spirit will leave a void in our hearts. He was an epic person and will be sorely missed. Al was a proud member of the American Legion Post #2001 and Elks Lodge #2363 in Evergreen, Co. Albert was preceded in death by his father, Arnold, mother, Olga, and youngest brother Karlis. Albert is survived by his loving wife Gayle, devoted children Erik and Julia, son-in-law Jakob and brother George. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Peyton, and Leif (Erik) and Killian and Benjamin (Julia and Jakob). Al will be laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery with military honors on June 8th, 2021 Services will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Evergreen, CO, on June 6th, 2021, at 4:00 PM - 28253 Meadow Dr, Evergreen, CO 80439. A celebration of life to follow directly after services at the Evergreen Elks Lodge on June 6th, 2021 - 27972 Iris Dr, Evergreen, CO 80439. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his honor to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center.

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Lynn Marie (Statires) Kram, age 57, of Pine, Colorado, passed away unexpectedly in March, in the company of her loving dogs Mikey and Utay. Born in Boston on March 18th, 1964 to Janice Theodore, Lynn was adopted at birth and welcomed into the family of Mona and Nicholas “Chick” Statires of Manchester, NH. She was raised as a member of the congregation at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church where her father, Chick, was an active community member. As a child, Lynn stood out from the rest. She was different in a way that made her special and was truly admired by her classmates. She excelled in athletics, academics, friendships and dance, pursuing everything with fierce dedication and creativity. Dance, particularly ballet, was her ultimate passion. Lynn graduated a year early from Manchester Central High School in 1982 to pursue her dream of dancing professionally. She was accepted into the company of the Boston Ballet at age 17. She continued her Ballet career with Les Ballet Jazz du Montreal and Les Grand Ballets Canadien, where she danced with Mikail Baryshnikov. Dance led her to find a home in Colorado where she performed with the Colorado State Ballet. She finished her career at the David Taylor Dance Theatre dancing under acclaimed choreographer David Taylor. At David Taylor, she met her eventual husband Daniel Kram. Consumed by her love of dance ,she taught for seven years in prestigious dance studios, mentoring young dancers throughout the Denver area. She was proud to have choreographed over 40 ballets. Retiring from dance in 1996 due to injuries, Lynn pursued yet another form of dance, a dance with clay. She apprenticed with potter Steve Buck for a year and a


In her final career, Lynn’s ever-expressive hands were also integral. They treated animals with love, empathy and compassion as a Veterinary Technician. She followed this calling until a debilitating injury left her unable to continue. Lynn always found comfort and joy in her pink log cabin in the Rocky Mountains. It was her dream come true. She was passionate about and fulfilled by her dogs, of which she had many over the years. She was laid to rest on the land she shared with them for over 25 years, 8,000 feet above sea level, in a green burial service that restored her to the earth as she had wished. Lynn was predeceased by her birth mother Janice Theodore, her adoptive mother Mona (Schmidt) Statires and her adoptive father Nicholas (Chick) Statires. She is survived by her brother Gregory Statires of Manchester NH. She will be missed by many, both her close, life-long friends and the multitudes of others whose lives she touched with her kindness, vision, and infectious smile throughout her life’s journey of passion, beauty and love. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lynn’s memory to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs (, a non-profit organization serving the mission of pairing service dogs with people who suffer from traumatic brain injury.

Marilyn Ann Conger

Marilyn Ann Conger passed peacefully at home on May 9th surrounded by family. Marilyn was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She raised her family in Evergreen and lived there for over 50 years, with both her daughter and grandson attending Evergreen High School. She had a strong spirit, as living in Evergreen in the late 1950s with no car and toddlers was not for the faint of heart. Her spirit of adventure and learning endured, and at the age of 60, she joined the Peace Corps and went to Botswana for two years. She is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her service will be at Evergreen Memorial Park on May 29th at 11:00.

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half, and found the technique of throwing on the wheel similar to the study and discipline of Ballet. Lynn incorporated movement into her pottery in the colors of her stoneware and the sculptural shapes of her raku. As with Ballet, so much of the beauty came from her hands. She named her unique approach “Clay Basket Pottery” and her pieces were to be found in shops and at arts and craft shows throughout the area.



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May 26, 2021

Two EHS science teachers retiring ALSO RETIRING Conifer High School

• Linda Cannon Spanish • Ristine Courkamp Math The Bergens • Laurie MacArthur Intervention specialist West Jefferson Elementary • Joan Grawe Fifth grade West Jefferson Middle • David Williams Technical education Evergreen Middle • Karen Rufien Special education learning specialist • Doug Beston Facilities manager

Evergreen High School science teachers Dave Moutoux and Cheryl Manning are among PHOTO BY DEB HURLEY BROBST the nine staff members retiring from area schools this month. BY DEB HURLEY BROBST DBROBST@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

The foothills’ public schools are saying goodbye to nine staff members this year, two of whom have been staples in the Evergreen High School science department. Dave Moutoux and Cheryl Manning will be leaving the school — Moutoux after teaching at EHS 12 years and 21 years total, and Manning after teaching 19 years at EHS and 27 years total. Both say they will miss interacting with students and colleagues the most.

Moutoux explained that the time was right to move on, noting that he and his wife are planning to build a house in North Carolina and move there to be closer to family. He sees a lot more yard work in his future. Moutoux said while he will miss being in the classroom, he’s looking forward to getting his weekends and nights back, which was time he gladly spent preparing for classes. He said the best day is when a lesson goes exactly as planned. “The kids are involved and asking questions,” he said. “I will miss that. How do you replace that energy?”

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Manning is retiring from teaching, but she’s certainly not leaving science education. Manning is leaving for Illinois to finish her doctorate at Northern Illinois University, hoping her next job will be finding ways to connect science teachers with scientists to make classroom experiences better for students. While she will miss the classroom, she hopes to make a difference for science teachers and their students across the country. “I want the long-term relationship between scientists and educators to change how we see our jobs and how we engage in the education process,” she explained.


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May 26, 2021

Mount Evans to reopen with timed-entry reservations Online system will be similar to process used for Rocky Mountain National Park

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Those wanting to visit Mount Evans this summer will need to make reservations first. The U.S. Forest Service and other stakeholders are implementing a timed-entry reservation system, similar to the one used at Rocky Mountain National Park. Visitors can buy passes online, enter during a two-hour window, and stay as long as they desire. Clear Creek District Ranger Scott Haas said the intent is threefold: protect the public and USFS personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, improve visitor experiences, and preserve the health of the mountain’s flora and fauna. He also believes the new system will alleviate the summertime traffic jam around Echo Lake Lodge. The highway to the summit is scheduled to open for vehicle traffic June 4, depending on weather. While prices remain the same based on vehicle type, there will now be an additional $2 reservation fee. Those entering the highway on bikes and on foot do not need reservations, USFS spokeswoman Reid Armstrong said.

A view from the Mount Evans summit.

Once the online reservation system goes live, which was scheduled for this week, Armstrong said visitors will be able to purchase various tours based on which area or areas around Mount Evans they intend to visit. Entry before 8 a.m. and after 6:30 p.m. will remain free, however if someone is taking up a parking spot during the day, they need to have a reservation, Armstrong clarified. Likewise, if visitors only want to drive the highway without stopping, they can get a free hang tag at the welcome station. “Our estimations are that most people are going to want to get a res-

ervation,” Armstrong continued. Even with the reservation system, there is a possibility that trailheads will still be full for those arriving later in the day. Thus, the USFS will be monitoring and adjusting the system as needed as part of its adaptive management, Armstrong said. “We’re basing it on data we’ve collected about use patterns and available parking spots,” she said. Haas told the Clear Creek County commissioners during a May 18 meeting that there will be signs along the major thoroughfares to inform visitors of the change, and there might be some day-of passes available at the welcome station.

‘Know before you go’ With land managers across the state anticipating incredibly high levels of use this summer, the USFS and its partners are encouraging visitors to research their recreation areas and be aware of any new rules before visiting. One major change for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests is a food storage order at all sites, which should minimize bear encounters. Haas and Armstrong said bear encounters in the ARNF numbered in the hundreds last year, and thankfully, no one was hurt. Another major change in Clear Creek County is that Maxwell Falls near Evergreen will now serve as a day-hike area only. Camping, overnight parking and campfires are now prohibited. “For the U.S. Forest Service, it’s pretty unusual to go to only day use,” Haas said, adding that the agency has been working with residents to address various issues since 2016. As for the fire season’s outlook, Haas said the Front Range is currently expecting a normal season. While conditions can change very quickly, the forests are not nearly as dry as they were at this time last year, he said. “We’re not out of the woods,” Haas continued, “but we’re looking much better.”

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May 26, 2021

Developer explains concept for Evergreen Gateway Attendees had many questions about plan for hotel, retail in El Rancho BY DEB HURLEY BROBST DBROBST@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

The Evergreen Gateway will provide a beautiful entryway for visitors and residents alike, according to the developer of a proposal to put commercial development on Evergreen Parkway across from Walmart. Some of the 120 residents attending the virtual community meeting on May 19 had many questions as they tried to understand the impact of the proposal for a four-story, 100room boutique hotel, convenience store/gas station and three to four retail/restaurant buildings. Jack Buchanan of Evergreen, who is spearheading the effort, wants to rezone the properties from agricultural and commercial to planned development, combining the RTD Park-n-Ride, Foothills Fire, Alpine Rescue and former Observatory Café properties. It would entail moving both Alpine Rescue and the fire station, which would happen first, and no residential is planned. He also wants to move Rainbow Hill Road to make the intersection with Highway 40 safer. Attendees asked about building heights, retention ponds, whether another hotel was necessary, why a

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a community portal to meet whether a small group in the lobby of the hotel or at a pocket park.” One person was particularly concerned about evacuation in case of a wildfire, reminding everyone that Evergreen is at high risk for a catastrophic event. Anderson said because of the county’s protocols for evacuations during an emergency, residents that use Swede Gulch Road to access Interstate 70 and those north of the proposed development would be the first to evacuate, so they wouldn’t clog the roads. In response to a question about

Evergreen Metropolitan District providing water and sewer to the site, Buchanan said the district was updating its water master plan to determine whether it can provide the necessary utilities. In response to questions, the developer’s representatives said a traffic study would be completed as part of the rezoning process in addition to working with CDOT to move Rainbow Hill Road. CDOT would make decisions on whether traffic lights would be installed.

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gas station and convenience store were part of the proposal, wildfire evacuation, connectivity to bike trails, and whether a nonprofit such as a children’s museum could be part of the plan. Because questions and comments in the chat only could be seen by the developers, it was difficult to determine whether the public reacted positively or negatively to the presentation. The community meeting is the first step before a developer files a formal rezoning application. Foothills Fire Chief Alan Anderson is thrilled with the proposal because it would mean a new fire station at no cost to taxpayers, and he told attendees that his department can provide fire service to the proposed development. Anderson explained that the Rainbow Hill Road and the Lookout Mountain stations need repairs or replacement, and the department doesn’t have enough space for the entire staff to train. He figured a new fire station would cost about $2 million, and it would be up to 10 years before the department could afford the building. Buchanan and representatives of Oz Architecture explained that while the plans are conceptual, they want the buildings to have a rustic feel. “It is important to us to recognize how important this site is,” said Rob Rydel with Oz Architecture. “Our overall vision is bound by one look, and we would like to create a gateway into Evergreen. … This will be

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May 26, 2021

Maggie Long’s murder now considered a hate crime Law enforcement hopes more tips will help solve the case

CRIME TIP There is now a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individual responsible for Long’s murder. Anonymous tips can be called into the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or online at tips.fbi. gov, or by contacting the Colorado Bureau of Investigation tip line at 303-239-4243.


Now that the FBI has elevated the murder of Bailey teen Maggie Long to a potential hate crime, more manpower will be available to find her killers in a crime that rocked the 285 Corridor, according to Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw. “(The FBI) is assigning another analyst, and that will help,” McGraw said, noting that in addition to more investigators working the case, the status shift gets more media attention, which usually generates more tips. The FBI along with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Park County Sheriff’s Office continue to follow up leads in the Dec. 1, 2017, murder of Long, who was 17 at the time. Long was initially reported missing when she failed to show up for a concert she helped organize at Platte Canyon High School. Her body was identified about a week after being found inside her home.

Maggie Long


Her family’s home was set on fire and a number of items were stolen, including guns, ammunition, a safe and jade figurines. The FBI defines a hate crime as “a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias against a religion, disability, ethnicity/national origin, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity,” according to

information supplied by Leslie Cook with the FBI Denver media team. “The FBI is committed to combating hate crimes and condemns violence directed toward any individual or group. We are grateful for the community’s support of Maggie’s family and their patience with the ongoing investigation,” said Denver FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider in a statement. McGraw said Long’s murder is one of those cases that law enforcement never stops investigating. “I have to say that this case has been one of those cases that is never put into a filing cabinet,” he said. “Leads come in, are checked, don’t pan out, and we continue to go on. I can tell you that the amount of work that has gone into the case is tremendous. In the 3-1/2 years since she was killed, there’s been just a huge number of hours, and most of


it has been behind the scenes.” He said his department got a lead from Oklahoma a few months ago and sent two detectives to investigate, but it turned out to be unrelated to Long’s murder. “There’s nothing definite out there right now,” he said, adding that officials believe she walked in on a burglary-in-progress at her home. “I never knew her, but from what I’ve heard from people in the area, she was a sweet, sweet girl, and people adored her,” McGraw said. “She was just a great kid. For something like this to happen is just horrible for our community.” The Long family recently contributed additional funds to what is now a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individual responsible for Long’s murder. Anonymous tips can be called into the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI or online at, or by contacting the Colorado Bureau of Investigation tip line at 303-239-4243. McGraw said he is confident the murder will be solved. “I do absolutely think we will solve this case,” he said. “Next week, six months from now, a year from now — it’s a solvable case. Someday someone will talk about this, and we will find the people who did it.”


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Sheriff’s Calls Leak of faith SOUTH TURKEY CREEK – Miss Ohio and Miss California were on their way to a family reunion on the afternoon of Apr. 27 when their rental car got a flat tire. Disgusted but not despairing, they phoned for roadside assistance and confidently awaited rescue. The despair started setting in about two hours later, with no help yet in view and the adamant call of nature ringing in their ears. Requiring relief “really bad,” Miss Ohio minced up the road a piece and “ducked into” what she took for “open woods.” Alas, her unfenced forest primeval was actually the woody edge of Homeowner’s estate and, espying the bedeviled Buckeye from afar, he rushed over to impede the deed. Further, unmoved by Ohio’s earnest explanations and apologies, Homeowner summoned JCSO deputies and demanded that both Centennial State visitors be cited for trespassing. Deputies, on the other hand, saw little grounds for legal censure and ample room for empathy. Ohio and California were granted roadside reprieves “in the interest of justice.”

Mum’s the word CONIFER – Responding to a report of pre-dawn pandemonium, the deputy’s interest was piqued on arrival. From inside the house he could hear a man growl “Just keep your mouth shut and no one will go to jail.” Shown into the living room where several people were lounging about, the officer asked after the earlier ruckus. Mother admitted there’d been a bit of a situation, but said everything was fine now. Glad to hear it, the deputy still needed a few details, and quickly learned that Brother and Other Brother had been duking it out over “family stuff”, although what “stuff” they wouldn’t say. Hearing the boys fighting, Mother had rushed outside, slipped on gravel and smacked her head on bare ground. Mother also declined to reveal the specific nature of the lads’ quarrel. Racing to Mother’s aid, Sister had feared a concussion and dialed 911. Sister also preferred not to divulge the issue behind her brothers’ bout of brawling. The only person not yet heard from was Neighbor, who, when asked pointblank, growled that nothing at all

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had happened. He also growled that he didn’t care much for law enforcement, growled that he had no direct connection to the present situation, and growled that he wasn’t about to endure the offensive presence of one of Jeffco’s finest for another minute. Then, still growling, he showed himself out. Since the brothers weren’t inclined to press charges against each other, none were filed. As it happened, Neighbor’s original growl had predicted the outcome perfectly: Everybody kept their mouth shut, and nobody went to jail. No Jayhawking KITTREDGE – The anxiety written across her face spoke more eloquently of terror than even the chilling tale she had to tell. Beneath the broad daylight of Apr. 28, the pram-pushing pedestrian told deputies, a stranger in a bright red pickup truck with a “skull” sticker in the back window had pulled over in busy traffic to ask her if she was “okay.” Assured that all was well, the stranger had driven on to a nearby veterinary facility where he’d inquired about “volunteer opportu-

We have GREAT NEWS for you! The Conifer Chamber is excited to announce that Elevation Celebration is coming BACK! The event will be held the last FULL weekend in July (July 24 & 25), so mark your calendars NOW and make sure you are at THE best community event for the summer! A HUGE shout out to our presenting sponsors American Restoration for the WEST Stage and SANO Hospital for Animals on the EAST Stage. Of course we have an AMAZING line up for you! New to the Elevation Celebration stage, nationally known James Carothers coming in from Nashville and sponsored by Spectrum Electric. A fan favorite and superstar, The Austin Young Band, sponsored by Team Cabalka at RE/ MAX Professionals. Returning for the 2nd year, is HomeSlice, sponsored by June McKenzie with RE/MAX Alliance. Stay tuned for more bands and be sure to log on to and follow the Elevation Celebration Facebook page for further announcements. Over the past few months we have been recognizing volunteers and leaders in our community. We have one more amazing group to highlight and that is the Ambassador Team with the Conifer Chamber. The Ambassador team includes June McKenzie with RE/MAX Alliance, Julie Dikken with Macaroni Kid: Evergreen, Conifer, Bailey, Jessica Gentry with Keller Williams Foothills Realty, Bill Aubin with Optive Commercial Capital, Katie Burgoyne with Denver AmRamp, Rachel Mulvihill with Your Mountain Realtor, Mark Spiroff with Conifer Radio and Angela Bassano representing Rotary Club of Conifer. This group of individuals are the heart and soul of the chamber. They are both dedicated to connecting with other

nities.” Seeing the same pickup pass by on Bear Creek Road “about four times” in “the last hour,” she feared the worst and called JCSO. Quickly located inquiring about volunteer opportunities at Fire Station No. 6, the suspicious Samaritan explained that he was a Kansan who was in the area exploring both professional and charitable engagement. As a lad he’d toured these parts “with my dad,” explained Kansas, and returning was a wonderful way to “remember my childhood.” As to his recent contact with the complainant, Kansas said he’d observed her “trying to cross the road with a stroller” and “nobody stopping to let her pass,” and had merely paused to see if he could be of any assistance. Deputies could find nothing sinister in his story, and bade him goodbye and good luck on his professional and private endeavors. Kansas said he had high hopes of finding useful employment, but had kind of lost interest in “asking random people if they need help.”

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We’re making headway in preparing for wildfire “Not if, but when.” I’ve read this many times about wildfire in Evergreen. In 2020, the three worst fires in Colorado history consumed close to 700,00 acres and destroyed nearly 1,000 homes. We had our own serious scare in the Elephant Butte fire. That’s the bad news. The good news is that elected officials at every level and numerous private citizens are taking big, bold action to prevent future conflagrations. Earlier this month, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the regional chief of the U.S. Forest Service visited Colorado to see for themselves what is needed to repair the damage done by the 2020 fires and learn what their agencies can do going forward. Sen. Michael Bennet had just introduced the Outdoor Restoration Partnership Act, which would appropriate $60 billion over the next 10 years to improve the health of our forests and stabilize watersheds. Said Secretary Vilsack: “… You can spend $1,400 an acre now or you can spend $50,000 an acre in the future to put out fires and then have to deal with the consequences.” Our congressman, Joe Neguse, co-chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus, has proposed a 21st Century Civilian Climate Corps, which will

fund the labor to improve wildfire preparedness, mitigation and response across the LINDA country. The $10 bilROCKWELL lion price tag is included in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. At the state level, Gov. Polis has signed several bills supported by Sen. Tammy Story and Rep. Lisa Cutter. Columnist One of them transferred $6 million to the Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation grant program. This money is available to HOAs, local governments, fire districts and others seeking to reduce wildfire risk on non-federal land. Rep. Cutter is chair of the Wildfire Matters Interim Committee, which is charged with reviewing and proposing legislation related to wildfire prevention and mitigation, as well as public safety and forest health. Closer to home, the Jeffco Wildfire Risk Reduction Task Force was convened in the fall of 2019 by Commissioner Lesley Dahlkemper. It consists of members from many county and state agencies, area fire chiefs, and several community leaders. Their

November 2020 report made several recommendations in the three areas it prioritized: mitigation, community education and revenue streams. Commissioner Dahlkemper is also a member of the Colorado Fire Commission, which was created by the legislature in 2019 to bring together multiple stakeholders. It focuses on collaboration, preparedness, risk reduction and response. In the past two years, Evergreen Fire/Rescue has updated its Community Wildfire Protection Plan, written a five-year strategic plan, created Community Connect, and mapped evacuation routes with plans to make them safer. Kudos to Chief Weege, his staff and the elected board. There’s a lot to learn at This is just a brief summary of the remarkable things happening in the public sector. The private sector is equally engaged. Neighborhood volunteers, insurance agents, Realtors and service clubs have all stepped up to the plate. Three area Rotary clubs joined forces to sponsor a Wildfire Ready event on May 1. Their website is an excellent source of ideas for things you can do to make your property and your family safer. I commend the Canyon Courier for

publishing several pieces recently, most notably the “Wildfire Reality Check” written by Daniel Hatlestad, battalion chief for Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, on how to ensure the safety of your family, reduce damage, and make recovery easier. He has written a series of columns that will be in the Courier over the coming weeks. In a column I wrote just over two years ago, the main points were that individual landowners have the ultimate responsibility for protecting their lives and homes, and that reducing wildfire risk requires a lot of money. Our elected officials have taken the bull by the horns and dramatically increased planning and funding. Each of us must do our part by continuing to educate ourselves and take action. Only if all of us pull together can we hope to keep the things we love about this community from going up in smoke. Linda Rockwell moved to Evergreen with her family in 1982. She got involved in local land-use issues in 1984 and in the Democratic Party a few years later. She served as chair of the Jeffco Democrats from 1993 to 1997. Good government and principled politics remain her passion.

Assessor process may be delayed this year Every two years, real property is assessed to begin the process that determines how much property owners will pay in taxes. Assessments in Jefferson County were mailed May 1 and owners have until June 1 to file protests if they believe the assessor has valued their properties for more than they are worth. It’s always a good idea to take a good look at the assessed value. If it is too high, owners will pay more than their fair share. Because of a backlog in updating county records for property sales, some taxpayers may be subject to increased tax bills without a meaningful way to challenge assessments. According to a phone message on the Assessor’s Office’s main phone line, real estate sales that occurred since August 2020 have still not been

updated, and properties that were sold since that time were mailed to prior, not present, GREG owners. While the mesROMBERG sage seems designed to reassure people who sold property that they will not be liable for new taxes, the people who can be harmed by this delay are new owners. Unless those new Columnist owners know both that a new assessment had been completed and how to find it on the assessor’s website, they have been left without knowing the value their property has been assessed, if and how much the assessed value has

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changed, and how that may impact their property tax bills for the next two years. While Jefferson County’s budget woes are severe and well documented, it is inherently unfair to raise people’s property taxes without meaningful notice of valuation changes and opportunity to question and challenge property values. ••• The Evergreen Fire Protection District is poised to approve the construction of a new fire station at its June 8 meeting. After the most devastating fire season in our state’s history last year, determining how best to prevent wildfires and to protect the public when fires occur must be among the highest priorities we face moving forward. These activities are particularly

important in areas like Evergreen where wildfires can occur very near areas where many homes are located. As we decide how best to protect the people who live within the boundaries of EFPD, it is imperative that we have a complete public understanding of the best ways to prioritize resources. The fire district owes all of us a more complete and comprehensive community conversation about how we use precious resources for fire protection including facility needs, fire mitigation efforts and evacuation plans before a final decision is made to build a new fire station and what should be included. Greg Romberg is president of Romberg and Associates. He lives in Evergreen with his wife, Laurie.

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How I gained and lost a political party Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part column. Many have commented that they did not leave their political party, but rather the party left them. Before discussing how my party left me behind, it seems only appropriate to outline how I met up and adopted the party in the first place. I hope you enjoy this story about my lost-and-found activities concerning the Republican Party. The recent changes within the Republican Party are the subject of many writers who are discussing the party’s most recent divorce from Liz Chaney. I remember asking my parents about our family politics when I was a young boy. Their answers were somewhat evasive. “We vote for the best man.” they told me. Yes, but are we Republicans or Democrats, I asked. “Well, I guess we are Rockefeller Republicans.” Another hint came when my dad told us, “Harry Truman was the only good Democrat who ever lived.” Truman’s decision to drop the bomb ending the war undoubtedly saved Dad’s life by canceling his orders to be part of the invasion of Japan. Otherwise, I left for college with no real family political history to guide me. I remember I later mentioned to my parents that we were identifying with a man who died while having sex with someone not his wife. Maybe we need a new role model. I decided to take a political science course my freshman year. The timing was good as Sen. John F. Kennedy came to visit my small university in southern Ohio. Despite the fact that most of us came from Republican families, we filled the football stadium to hear this exciting young Democrat who was running for president. He was appealing and had new ideas like reducing taxes, developing a Peace Corps to help underdeveloped countries, providing Medicare and giving aid to education. All these ideas were debated in my class as the professor, a Democrat, thought his ideas were great. His adversary was a young student who I knew came from a wealthy family as my dormitory was named after his grandfather. This young man who was also named after his grandfather was certain that we did not need the government interfering in people’s economic affairs. The two of them entertained us in each class promoting their ideas. I distinctly remember thinking that the truth was probably somewhere between their two polar-opposite arguments, but what did I know? I continued to take economics and government courses, but during my senior year I still had not sorted out my political beliefs. During that year, I was exposed to many discussions with then newly elected U.S. Congressman Robert Taft Jr. Congressman Taft was the grandson of President William Howard Taft. One of my fraternity brothers was president of Young Republicans and thus we had many opportunities to discuss politics with such a distinguished political luminary. Finally,

I decided, I am a Republican. My newly minted political beliefs were tested within a year as Barry Goldwater became my party’s presidential nominee. Goldwater was opposed to the proposed civil rights legislation, and Columnist frankly I thought he was racially biased. He also seemed to be someone almost certain to start a war. That view was reinforced by the famous daisy commercial promoted by LBJ. So, as a Republican, my very first presidential vote was for a Democrat. Little did I know that I would not vote for another D for president until 2020. President Nixon did end the war, begin the EPA and opened up a relationship with China. I was so naïve that I was perhaps the last American to see that he was a liar and crook. Interestingly, it was Goldwater who convinced him to resign. So, my life as a Republican continued. I thought Gerald Ford was right to spare the country by pardoning Nixon. The voters disagreed. I became a Reagan fan because he was a natural leader. He was a good man who espoused good acts. He even treated his political adversaries with kindness and respect. Then came George H. W. Bush, my favorite. He won the war, stuck to his rules of engagement, ending it when our objective was achieved. Then he changed his mind about taxes when he saw that we needed more revenue to offset the excessive spending of the Reagan years. The viable candidacy of Ross Perot as a third-party candidate and the beginning of the far right flexing its muscle made my favorite a one-term president. I had no idea how my party would change. More about that next week. During the Clinton years, I was seeing that a Democrat could do things I thought only Republicans did. He presided over strong economic growth which added 22 million new jobs and just 4% unemployment. He raised education standards, increased school choice, increased police on our streets, which drove the crime rate down, and he signed new gun safety laws. Most impressively, he ran a surplus and repaid $360 billion of our national debt. I thought he was a darn good president until the Monica Lewinsky affair. I believed he should have resigned, but I also saw the impeachment as mean-spirted and politically stupid without the votes to succeed. My party was petty, but his immoral acts, in my opinion, made him unfit to serve as president of the country. While I am discussing issues of morality, I must admit to a “Father Knows Best” model for important leaders. I know it is old fashioned, but my view is that to lead, the leader must be impeccable in terms













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Jeffco Superintendent Tracy Dorland speaks to the Marshdale student body, staff, parents, alumni and more at the May 17 groundbreaking ceremony. Principal Zak Martin is in the background.

Marshdale second graders had an unofficial groundbreaking of their own as they dug holes in the gravel field south of the school building during the ceremony.

Marshdale kindergartners sang a school song that their teacher, Melissa Griffin, far left, sang when she was a student at the school.


From left, Marshdale Elementary School fifth graders Lola Johnson and Kacey Wehr join Jeffco Public Schools officials in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new school on May 17. Construction will start soon on the building, which is expected to be completed in August 2022.

Linda and Larry LaGrange of Evergreen attended the Marshdale groundbreaking ceremony. Linda taught sixth grade at Marshdale for nine years, starting in 1980, the year the school opened.

Of student, education … and bison Marshdale breaks ground on its new school BY DEB HURLEY BROBST DBROBST@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

In the 1980s, Marshdale Elementary School had the distinction of being known for — among other things — conducting bison drills. Alum Liam Vickers remembers when students would practice steering clear of the bison if they decided to take a walk across the street onto school property. Evergreen resident Linda LaGrange confirms his recollection. When she was a sixth-grade teacher at Marshdale in the early 1980s, her classroom was in a temporary building, and one day a bison walked up

to the door. She cracked the door open and had her students scream, and the startled animal sauntered away. In fact, when LaGrange sees her former students, they joke, “Have you seen any buffalo lately?” Stories like these and more are what make Marshdale Elementary a special place, Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Tracy Dorland said at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new school. She told students, staff, parents, alums and community members on May 17 that Marshdale was a tight-knit community that cared about its students. “I can feel the love and community wrapped around Marshdale,” she said, “and the new school will capture the beauty of this amazing location.” Thanks to a bond approved by

voters in 2018, Jeffco Public Schools is spending $21 million to build the 50,000-square-foot school building south of the current school on North Turkey Creek Road, then demolish the 40-year-old building to make way for a new playground. The work is expected to start next month and should be done in time for the school to be ready for students by the 2022-23 school year. Kindergarten teacher Melissa Griffin, who is a Marshdale alum and parent, reminisced about the Halloween haunted houses in the art room and the carnivals. She said her first-grade teacher, Mrs. Grant, made her realize she wanted to be a teacher, too. “There’s something special about this school,” Griffin said. “It’s safe, inclusive and a great place to be. I am proud to say I was part of this

wonderful school.” Her kindergartners stood in front of a huge “Mustang Pride” sign and sang the same school song Griffin sang as a youngster. Fifth graders Lola Johnson and Kacey Wehr spoke to the group, with Lola noting that kindness is what Marshdale is all about and Kacey saying Marshdale made her feel safe like a second home. PTA President Melissa Baynes said her family was proud to call itself a Marshdale family. Marshdale is special because of its passionate families, a principal who puts kids first, dedicated staff and enthusiastic teachers. “The building will be updated,” Baynes said, but no matter where the school is located, “Marshdale will stay truly Marshdale.”

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Students in the Clear Creek High School Eco-Schools club make seed bombs consisting of wildflower seeds, clay and fertilizer to throw around the school grounds in an COURTESY PHOTO effort to increase the number of wildflowers there.

Students, teachers and Scraps-to-Soil representatives plan where to throw seed PHOTO BY DEB HURLEY BROBST bombs.

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Clear Creek High School students have been planting bombs — seed bombs, that is — on the school grounds. They hope the seeds will germinate and create beautiful clusters of wildflowers that will not only

beautify the area but increase the biodiversity. The students are part of the EcoSchools club, and they spent an afternoon about a month ago creating 250 1-inch diameter bombs that consist of lupine, blackeyed Susan, daisy, Columbine and purple coneflower seeds mixed with clay and worm castings to bind them together. Recently the teens took a walk outside along what will be a trail around the school grounds, throwing the seed bombs as they went. How coincidental that it was Na-

tional Wildflower Week. Participants hope the recent rain will help the seeds germinate. CCHS science teacher Melissa English called the seed-bomb project a great collaboration among the EcoSchools club, Scraps-to-Soil and the CSU Extension program. George Marlin with Scraps-to-Soil explained that usually the organization plans an event for Earth Day in April, but since that didn’t work out, the seed-bomb idea was born. The wildflower initiative helps to inspire sustainable communities.

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Shots fired during alleged attempted escape at Lookout Mountain campus 18-year-old resident arrested BY PAUL ALBANI-BURGIO PALBANIBURGIO@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

An 18-year-old resident of the Campus at Lookout Mountain center has been charged with attempted escape following an incident at the Golden youth services center. According to a press release, Golden Police responded to the

campus, which is located at 2901 Ford Street, at 6:22 a.m. on May 19. Police had “received a report of shots fire related to an attempted escape.” According to the release, a gold Lexus SUV with a bicycle rack was seen in the parking lot on the north side of the campus. The vehicle then drove around to a maintenance access road on the west side of the campus. Two or three people, which the release notes are presumed to be

men of unknown race and age, exited the vehicle. They were dressed in all dark clothing and used a bag containing rocks to throw an orange rope over the fence. As that was happening, campus resident Ernesto Ontiveros was being moved from a housing unit to the dining hall for breakfast. Ontiveros ran from staff towards the fence but was later contained by them. A maintenance worker told police he heard a gunshot, followed by

someone saying “get back,” and then a second gunshot. The three individuals then got back into the vehicle and fled. According to the release, no one in the facility was injured. Police later recovered two .380 shell casings in the area of where the vehicle was scene. Ontiveros was booked into the Jefferson County jail. The gold Lexus and three people inside it have not been located.

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Martin described the past year as a “roller coaster,” but said despite the fundraising challenges of the pandemic and the potential for reduced philanthropy, the foundation’s partners, old and new, came through for Jeffco’s students. According to Martin, 5,000 sixth graders — and some seventh graders who had to miss out when schools went remote last year — were able to attend Outdoor Lab during the 2020-21 school year. “The Outdoor Lab program is a fun and transformative rite of passage for thousands of Jeffco kids annually,” Martin said. “We are thrilled to offer this additional funding to allow all Jeffco sixth grade

students to participate in Outdoor Lab and for youth to develop teamwork, an increased sense of self, an understanding of their place in the world, a passion for lifelong learning and a commitment to environmental stewardship.” The Outdoor Lab Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2003 to ensure the preservation and contribution of the Outdoor Lab program. The Foundation forges relationships with businesses, the community and nonprofit organizations to fund Outdoor Lab programs.

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Getting back to “normal” Case numbers for COVID are declining. Hospitalizations are decreasing. Jefferson County has moved into the “CLEAR” phase and businesses are calling employees back into the office. “Together we move Forward” is progressing but there is one big problem….Employers are struggling to find workers. Many Evergreen businesses are still closed one or two days a week. We ask that everyone be patient while our businesses struggle to find employees and get them trained to the duties. If you have a student looking for summer employment, now is a great time for them to learn new skills while pocketing some cash to carry them through the school year. Be sure to check the Chamber website for many job openings in our community.

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Colorado Community Media garners 27 awards in Better Newspaper Contest Highlands Ranch Herald wins major General Excellence and Advertising categories STAFF REPORT

The Highlands Ranch Herald took two top honors in its weekly newspaper division with General Excellence in Editorial and Advertising in the 2021 Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The paper was among numerous weekly and monthly Colorado Community Media publications in the annual statewide competition. Colorado Community Media — which prints 24 publications — also won 25 total awards in specific categories: 15 first place and 10 second place. The Colorado Press Association teamed with the Kansas Press Association to provide numerous online seminars during the virtual convention May 20-21. Advertising awards In Best Advertising Special Section, the Highlands Ranch Herald won first place and the Golden Transcript won second place. The first-place award was for “New Year, New You,” by Erin Franks, Stephanie Dyke and Tina Meltzer. The second-place award was for the “Golden Guide 2020” by Glenn Wallace, Erin Franks, Tina Meltzer, Shanna Maxcy and Ben Wiebesiek. For Best Advertising Campaign, the Littleton Independent won first place for “Vita Littleton invites you” by Tina Meltzer. For Best Classified Pages, the Highlands Ranch Herald won first place. For best print ad, the NorthglennThornton Sentinel won first place with “NerdToGo North” by Tina Meltzer. The Arvada Press won second place for “Virtual Colorado” by Tina Meltzer. For Best Classified Pages, the Highlands Ranch Herald won first place under the direction of Erin Franks. Editorial awards For Best Breaking News/Deadline Reporting, the Highlands Ranch Herald won first place for “Shooter sentenced to life in prison, possible parole” by Jessica Gibbs: The Littleton Independent won second place for “Homeless sweep starts process over again” by David Gilbert. In Best Business News/Feature Story, the Littleton Independent won second place for “Renters struggling amid pandemic” by David Gilbert. For Best Editorial Collaboration, the Highlands Ranch Herald won first place for “Under attack” by Jessica Gibbs (Colorado Community Media) and Jesse Paul (Colorado Sun). For Best Editorial Special Section, the Highlands Ranch Herald won second place for “STEM School tragedy: One year later” by Jessica Gibbs. In Best Education Story, The Centennial Citizen won first place for “A united voice” by Ellis Arnold. The Highlands Ranch Herald won second place for “Parents fight medical marijuana policy” by Jessica Gibbs. In Best News Story, the Brighton Standard Blade won second place for “Adams County judge: Supporters find flaws in

retention process” by Liam Adams and Michael Karlik. For Best Investigative Package, the Highlands Ranch Herald won second place for “A school’s nightmare” by Jessica Gibbs. For Best Health Enterprise/Health Feature Story, the Highlands Ranch Herald won first place for “A ferocious fighter” by Elliott Wenzler. “From the first time I heard Patrick’s story, I was blown away by his tenacity and passion. Telling stories like his is one of the greatest privileges of being a journalist and I’m so grateful that I was able to do that and that CPA recognized this story,” Wenzler said. In Photo and Design, the NorthglennThornton Sentinel won second place for “Remembering Service” by Stefan Brodsky. In Best Page Design, the Highlands Ranch Herald won second place for “Community Service Groups” by Stephanie Dyke. In Best Sports or Sports Event Story, the Highlands Ranch Herald won second place for “Cycling event survives” by Jessica Gibbs. In Best Photography Portfolio, the Littleton Independent won first place for photos by David Gilbert. For Best Photo Slideshow, the Littleton Independent won first place for work by David Gilbert. For Best Public Service Project in Class 3, the Canyon Courier won first place for “Teen Mental Health” by Deb Hurley Brobst. In Class 4, the Centennial Citizen won first place for “A united voice” by Ellis Arnold. Monthly publication awards In Best Column Writing Award in monthlies, the Washington Park Profile won first place for “A reflection of the times” by Christy Steadman. “I had never written a personal column before, so receiving the first-place win for my column on pandemic times was certainly a surprise, but one that I am proud of,” Steadman said. “I write the majority of the stories, and I work closely with the page designer to ensure that with each turn of the page, readers have something spectacular to enjoy, something new for them to learn or something to experience in their community.” In Best Education Story for monthlies, the Washington Park Profile won second place for “An unexpected new normal” by Christy Steadman. For Best Feature Story, the Washington Park Profile won second place for “Grasmere Lake: murky no more” by Kirsten Dahl Collins. For Best Series of Sustained Coverage, the Washington Park Profile won first place for “Rosedale Elementary” by Christy Steadman. For Best Photo and Design, Life on Capitol Hill won first place for the February 2020 cover by Ben Wiebesiek. Statewide major awards Major award winners were First Amendment: Jeff Campbell, for letters to the editor about a killing by sheriff’s personnel in Kiowa County; Rising Star: Erin McIntyre and Mike Wiggins of the Ouray County Plaindealer; and News Leader: Lisa Schlichtman and Steamboat Pilot & Today staff for the paper’s “Indivisible” series.

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of personal actions. Morality and honesty are required for the leader to have committed followers. I suppose I believe George Washington really admitted to chopping down the cherry tree. This view of morality and honesty was reinforced in my corporate life. If you were guilty of infidelity, dishonest or tawdry behavior, you were gone. Leaders are judged by the actions they take when no one is watching, thus my affection for H.W. Bush, Reagan, McCain and Romney. All are men of integrity. My first signs of disconnection with my party came during the terms of George W. Bush. He fit the standard of being a good man, and I thought his compassionate conservative idea was a winner. His actions did not measure up. His spending squandered the surplus we had when he was inaugurated. Not only did he run up a $3 trillion deficit, his wars, the new Medicare drug entitlement with no cost offsets, and tax cuts for

top earners also insured that the deficit would continue to increase during future years. I have never bought the trickle-down idea as I have yet to see a business that strives to hire more people. They add headcount only when forced to do so. Despite my discomfort, I loved the candidacies of both John McCain and Mitt Romney. I remembered my parents voting for Mitt’s father George. I even agreed to make phone calls for the Romney campaign. It was fun, and I was surprised how nice those who I called were. I was devastated when my ideal candidate lost, but I surmised that having the first black president was a good thing for our country. The election of President Obama was a great source of pride for many citizens. The entire world celebrated the decision of the American voters. I can remember being proud that voters selected him. He fit my model of being a good person, so although being very disappointed that my choices lost, I adopted Sen. McCain’s words defending Obama from a racist. You may remember his words. “No madam, He’s a decent family

man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.” Candidate Obama acknowledged the incident pointing out that “we can disagree without being disagreeable.” That turned out to not be true and that is at the heart of my defection from my former party. The vitriol that Obama’s election produced is certainly not a positive thing for our country. Hate is a negative trait and cannot produce any good for anyone. Hating your political adversary is to forget that we are all Americans. The hate began with Newt Gingrich. He proudly called himself a true revolutionary and urged Republicans to hold contempt for all who are not party loyalists. It has been building and, of course, was expanded by candidate and president Trump. He has been a master of division and hatred. Of course, it is true that what he passed out has been returned by Democrats. Disrespect begets more of the same. If you have read this far, you do not have to be told that it was during the Trump years that I made the switch from Republican to independent official. I voted for

neither candidate in 2016. However, I decided that writing in someone was not effective. So, in 2020 I cast my second lifetime vote for a Democrat. Donald Trump does not meet my standard for what the U.S. president should be as a person. If the current administration passes some things with which I disagree, that is less of a problem than having a president without character. I did not write this to convince any readers to embrace my ideas or principles. I wrote these columns to entertain you and perhaps provide a series of thoughts you might not have otherwise had. That’s what newspapers are about. Oh, there is one thing. Let us stop treating those with whom we disagree as enemies. We are all Americans, and our strength comes from our unity. e pluribus Unum ... out of many, one. Jim Rohrer of Evergreen is a business consultant and author of the books “Improve Your Bottom Line … Develop MVPs Today” and “Never Lose Your Job … Become a More Valuable Player.” Jim’s belief is that common sense is becoming less common. (More about Jim at

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Above: Family members hold a sign congratulating their graduate as the students filed into their seats at Red Rocks PHOTOS BY DEB HURLEY BROBST Ampitheatre.

Left: Michelle Cohen takes a photo of her daughter, EHS valedictorian Abigail, and her husband Paul before the graduV ation ceremony.

EHS science teacher Ann Thomas helps Kylie Jones and Claire Niemet figure out their places in line before the graduation ceremony at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.


“We could have let the negatives take over, but we rose to the occasion, and I’m excited to celebrate our successes here tonight,” she said. A huge success is that EHS for the first time in several years had a 100% graduation rate. Senior class co-president Carly Pearlman noted that the strange senior year forced students to get to know others in the class they might

not have typically associated with. “As a class, we were forced to adapt to change and had no choice to overcome the challenges,” she said, “and we expanded the way we made connections. We did what we could to stay connected.” Senior class co-president Geri Ikelheimer urged her classmates to “breathe and just exist in this moment. … The people you grew up with — whether they are hundreds or thousands of miles apart — will still be with us.” Speakers told the graduates to find balance in their lives, to never take human contact for granted and

EHS English teacher Colin Booth can be seen on a large screen as he spoke to graduates and the crowd. The class of 2021 selected him to speak at commencement.

to take the strong education they received to make the world a better place. “Don’t let your good fortune go to waste,” salutatorian Rachel Christensen said. “I am sure the class of 2021 will go on to do incredible things because we have all been given incredible opportunities. I hope that we all remember to search for unity rather than differences … and look for ways to give back.” Principal Brandon Brekke lauded the class of 2021, saying the graduates’ legacy may be the most impactful he has encountered in his eight years as principal.

“The way you handled the pandemic was impressive … better than some adults I know,” he told them. “Day after day, month after month, you continued to astound me with how adaptable and patient you were.” He said the students motivated the adults to stay strong. “You supported each other unconditionally,” he said. “You held us together and brought us closer together perhaps more than ever. This will be your lasting legacy. … Thank you for making me and all of us at EHS better.”

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Valedictorian Suzannah Wistreich speaks to her classmates during commencement.

CHS principal Wesley Paxton poses for a photo with the first graduate to cross the PHOTOS BY DEB HURLEY BROBST stage, Emma Yux.

From left, CHS graduates Alison Braun, Alyssa Klinker, Tammra Montgomery and Peyton Phillips pose for a photo before the commencement ceremony begins.


sports in an empty stadium, pivoting to new rules seemingly every day, Zoom classes — and having the computer eat your homework, and the teacher believing you. “You have overcome more obstacles than any other class that has gone through Conifer High School,” Kragel told the graduates. “This is not just a 2021 thing. You will have many, many more obstacles in the life ahead of you. You have learned

that these obstacles and setbacks are only temporary. … I ask you to never be a story of more woe. Instead, be a story of effort, hope, enthusiasm and love.” Students who spoke at commencement talked about the memories they have made in four years, moving from wide-eyed freshmen to seniors who have a sense of purpose as they move on to college, the military, a gap year or the workforce. Salutatorian Charlie Toppin and valedictorian Suzannah Wistreich told students to be mindful of today rather than worrying about what would happen tomorrow.

CHS principal Wesley Paxton stands on the stage watching the class of 2021 and their families get seated on the football field. The flowers are from TaTonka Farms and have graduates’ names in them, a CHS tradition.

Wistreich told her fellow graduates to nurture their passions, reminding them that they are much more than what they have done to this point and to take their futures in manageable steps. “Allow your good todays to turn into good tomorrows and good lives,” she said. Jeffco school board member Susan Harmon lauded the graduates for the way they valued laughter and friendship, and their ability to have balance in their lives. “I heard nothing but joy and gratitude here today,” she said as she accepted the class of 2021 on behalf

of the school board. “Graduates, as your principal, I am so proud of each and every one of you,” principal Wesley Paxton told the seniors as they sat on the field with their families by their sides. “Over the past four years, you have learned what it takes to be a Conifer Lobo, and you have overcome many obstacles.” The adults reminded the graduates that as they move forward, they shouldn’t forget where they came from. As Kragel told them, “You are Lobos for life.”

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Above: Ceci Davies, foreground, hugs valedictorian Elsie Gothman during Clear Creek High School’s graduation ceremony Saturday at Golddigger Stadium. Davies’ cap featured quotes and characters from “The Office” television show.


Left: Clear Creek graduates Hugh PettittKenney and Phoebe Riser prepare to move their tassels during Saturday’s graduation ceremony at Golddigger Stadium.

Graduate Chloe Alspaugh hugs commencement speaker Laura Robertson during Clear Creek High School’s graduation ceremony Saturday. Robertson, whose son Clay graduated, has worked with many of the graduates through Mountain Youth Network and was very proud of what they accomplished during their time at CCHS.

Family members of graduate Ceci Davies display photo posters of her as the Saturday’s graduation ceremony concludes.

The adventure begins now Clear Creek graduates celebrate accomplishments, reflect on unique high school experience BY CORINNE WESTEMAN CWESTEMAN@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

The Class of 2021 lost some of those little moments that make up the high school experience. But, each loss taught Clear Creek High School seniors the value of love, valedictorian Elsie Gothman posited. “COVID helped us learn who we are,” she said. “ … We chose happiness on the hard and easy days.” Gothman and her 50 classmates received their diplomas and turned their tassels Saturday morning at Clear Creek’s graduation ceremony at Golddigger Stadium. Several graduates said they appreciated having the ceremony outside on the new field and celebrating with their families and the community

as a whole. “I’m just happy to be here,” Ceci Davies said. “ … I’m excited to be done with high school.” Members of the Class of 2021 had to handle unique challenges during their junior and senior years. During the ceremony, Hugh PettittKenney described how it was difficult for them to decide their futures while navigating COVID-19 procedures. Clay Robertson felt that the experience only brought his classmates closer together. High school felt so long in the moment, he described, but now it feels like it passed in the blink of an eye. Kiefer Zabel listed this year’s prom as a highlight of his high school experience, because it was an opportunity for everyone to celebrate together, especially after last year’s prom was canceled. “For the most part, we were able to enjoy things,” Zabel said, “just in a different fashion.” He added that he and his classmates were defined by their ability to break down walls and not be held back.

Members of the Class of 2021 will need that determination and bravery as they begin new chapters in their life, parent and commencement speaker Laura Robertson told the graduates during the ceremony. She advised them to dream big and embrace whatever happens next. “The adventure begins now,” she said. Robertson and Principal Chris Gould both thanked the graduates’ family members in their speeches, and instructed the graduates to appreciate their parents and others who helped them reach this point. In the stands, parents Dan Costello and Faith Costello-Wolff cheered for their son, Reno Wolff, who’s pursuing a career as a mechanic. Faith described how remote learning was very difficult for Reno, and she was both excited and relieved to see him earn his diploma Saturday. Since moving to Blue Valley from Wisconsin two years ago, the family has enjoyed seeing new traditions form at Clear Creek High

School. Both Faith and Dan said they liked Friday’s graduation parade through Idaho Springs, with Faith saying, “It lets the community be a part of (the celebration).” Dan said his post-graduation advice to Reno would be not to take life too seriously Faith counseled: “Hard work always pays off.” Also among those smiling in the audience was Evergreen’s Paula Egan and her husband, who were supporting their granddaughter Naomi Egan. Naomi will be attending the Laguna College of Art and Design in California next semester, Paula said, describing her as a very talented artist. In addition to designing the commencement programs’ artwork, Naomi has done other projects around the community, Paula described. Paula added that her advice to Naomi would be to remember her family and to keep following her goals. “She’s such a sweet girl,” she continued. “ … We’re very proud of her.”

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Masks, schools and rescue plan funds all topics at county Q&A County COVID-19 case numbers continuing to improve BY PAUL ALBANI-BURGIO PALBANIBURGIO@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

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were retired in Jeffco and across Colorado. Here is a look at some of the highlights of the wide-ranging town hall: COVID-19 numbers dropping rapidly By mid-May, Jeffco was seeing about half as many new COVID-19 cases as it was at the start of the month. The county’s cast positivity rate had also dropped by a similar amount while recent growth of hospitalizations had started to slow and was expected to decline soon (it typically takes a few weeks for declines in cases to be reflected in declines in hospitalizations). But even with those declines, Jeffco’s case rate remains higher now than the highest point it reached for the first seven months of the pandemic. JCPH Executive Director Dawn Comstock said that is indicative that there is still “widespread transmission in Jefferson County.” Another concern? Most of the county’s cases recently have been among middle and high school-aged people, she said. Still, there is reason for continued optimism. “By late May, I do expect vaccination coverage should be sufficient to begin to really drive down COVID-19 transmission in Jeffco,” Comstock said. Schools remain a controversial issue Multiple callers raised concerns about the possibility of schools continuing to employ social distancing, masks and other measures next year. Such measures, they said, have gone too far and are having negative consequences for student’s mental health. One caller even said she and a group of hundreds of parents have hired an attorney who the district “will be hearing from.” “We are over it and our kids are the ones being affected,” the caller said. “If you’re vulnerable you can either get a vaccine or stay home because we are done.” Comstock responded that parents can likely expect significant changes when school resumes next fall. However, some strategies, such as quarantining and isolation of students who test positive for COVID-19, will continued to be used. “We’re working hard to find a bal-

ance but we can’t just get rid of all virus mitigation strategies until all kids can be vaccinated,” she said. Masks still required in some spaces While vaccinated people are no longer required to wear masks within most public spaces, there are some exceptions. Those include healthcare facilities, K-12 schools, childcare centers, jails and county DMV offices. Businesses, of course, are also free to require masks if they chose. “I ask everyone in Jeffco to please be respectful of those businesses and if they ask you to put a mask on, put a mask on,” Comstock said. “For the next little while here I am asking those who are vaccinated to carry that mask in their pocket and if someone asks you to put it on then put it on. It’s common courtesy and respect.” Jeffco figuring out how to spend relief money Jeffco’s share of the American Rescue Plan dollars is $113 million (Jeffco will receive half this year and the rest in 2022). That number does not include the $73.2 million Jeffco cities will also receive from the plan. Jeffco Chief Financial Officer Stephanie Corbo said that the Federal government is still working on guidelines for how those dollars can be used. However, she expects the guidelines will allow for “broad use of those these funds in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its negative economic impact.” Corbo said possibilities for the dollars include providing assistance to households, small businesses and non-profits, aid to heavily impacted industries such as tourism and hospitality and premium pay to workers who perform essential work. “These areas include providing assistance to households, small businesses and non-profits or aid to affected industries such as tourism. Some dollars will also likely be used to make “necessary investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure,” she said. As the process continues, Jeffco residents will be able to learn more at

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Happenings We’d like to know about events or activities of interest to the community. Visit and post your event online for free. Items will appear in print on a space-available basis. WEDNESDAY Evergreen chamber monthly mini mixer The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly mini mixer at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. May 26. Cost is $5. For more information and to register, visit Team Evergreen’s short-course enduro series Team Evergreen is hosting a weeknight short-course enduro series with a Saturday finale at Floyd Hill Open Space Park. The series will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, with a finale from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Parking lots and trails at the park will be busy for the events. Registration, which is limited to 200 riders, is open at For more information, contact Josh Kravetz at 303-408-0747 or josh@adventurefit. com. SATURDAY Cars and Coffee Cars and Coffee, a weekly summer outdoor car show, will be from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays through Sept. 18 at Olde’s Garage, 3639 Evergreen Parkway. Bring your classic car, super car, hot rod or motorcycle, or stop by to check out the vehicles and speak with owners. The event is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, contact David Taylor with Evergreen Auto Brokers for more information. MONDAY Memorial Day event American Legion Post 2001 and the Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Memorial Day commemoration at 1 p.m. May 31 at the memorial in Bergen Park. The public is invited to attend.

Memorial Day Music Festival The Memorial Day Music Festival on May 31 will have two separate shows at Buchanan Fields: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and went on sale May 1. For more information and tickets, visit TUESDAY VBS at United Methodist Church of Evergreen United Methodist Church of Evergreen will host Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m.-noon June 1-4. To ensure social distancing, the church will hold VBS outside on the church grounds this summer. The theme is The Wild, Wonderful Ark, with a Noah’s Ark theme. Sign up at www. UPCOMING Evergreen chamber member breakfast The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly breakfast at 7:30 a.m. June 2 at El Rancho Brewing. For more information and to register, visit Free legal clinic A free legal clinic for people with no attorney will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 3. By telephone, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation. Preregistration for individual 15-minute appointments is available by emailing with your name and a phone number, so you can be added to the sign-up sheet. Audubon Bash and Benefit Evergreen Audubon’s June 3 meeting will be the annual Bash and Benefit “Soaring Onward!” to support the Evergreen Nature Center, and it will be on Zoom again this year. Live auction items will be up for bid from 7-8:30 p.m. The silent auction will be live on May 27. For more information, visit: www.EvergreenAudubon. org Flower First Friday outdoor market

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The Flower First Friday outdoor market will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 4, at Flower A Hair Studio in Adobe Creek, 26290 Highway 74 in Kittredge. There will be local artisans, food and music. Evergreen chamber Patios, Banter & Refreshments The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will host Patios, Banter & Refreshments at 4:30 p.m. June 4 at Blackbird Café & Tavern in Kittredge. For more information and to register, visit Shred-a-thon on Crow Hill Crow Hill Insurance will host its 10th annual shred-a-thon from 9 a.m.noon Saturday, June 5, in the insurance office parking lot, 460 Highway 43, Bailey. This event is free, though donations are welcome to the Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The ReStore will have a delivery truck on site to accept donated furniture and housewares. Call 303-838-9723 if you need more information. Sculpture Evergreen installations Sculpture Evergreen will install new sculptures for its Sculpture Walk beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 5, throughout Evergreen. For more information, visit Bergen Peak Half-Marathon The Bergen Peak Half-Marathon will be June 5. Racers meet at the Buchanan Park Rec Center, and the race starts at 8 a.m. Registration costs $40 or $50 race day. Purchase all four of the Evergreen Trail Race series for $120. For more information and to register, visit Day of the Arts 2021 Center for the Arts Evergreen is hosting Day of the Arts 2021, a day of painting, music, dance, theater and art. In addition, the 2021 Arts Person of the Year Celia Sladek will be honored. The event will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at CAE, 31880 Rocky Village Drive, Evergreen. For more information, visit

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Indian market and powwow Fifty Southwestern Indian artists will display, demonstrate and sell their juried art at the Tesoros 20th annual Indian market and powwow from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 5-6 at The Fort Restaurant, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison. Running concurrently is a two-day powwow honoring veterans and Indian traditions. Educational presentations from dancers and Hawkquest, entertainment, music, and foods will be available throughout the weekend. Admission is $10.

EPAD annual golf tournament The 19th annual Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation golf tournament will be at Hiwan Golf Club on June 7 with the time to be determined. The tournament helps EPAD continue to facilitate access to AEDs and teach CPR to increase the survivability of a sudden cardiac arrest event in Evergreen. Registration will be available at www.evergreenpad. org or contact Dave Montesi at Register for summer music camps Ovation West Performing Arts will host summer music camp from June 7-18 at Center Stage. Space is limited, so register now. Visit ovationwest. org/education/summer-musiccamp for more information and to register. Conifer chamber membership meeting The Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce will meet both virtually and in-person from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, June 11. The in-person meeting will be at the Woodlands, 8884 U.S. 285 in Morrison. Cost for members is $5 for the meeting only or $15 with a pre-ordered breakfast burrito, and cost for nonmembers is $10 for the meeting only and $20 with a pre-ordered breakfast burrito. Visit for more information and to register. MYM yard sale Mountain Youth Musicals will host a yard sale for youth from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, in the parking lot of Evergreen Christian Church, 27772 Iris Drive, Evergreen. Donations can be dropped off between 2-7 p.m. Friday, June 11.

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WORSHIP DIRECTORY ASCENT CHURCH 29823 Troutdale Scenic Drive in Evergreen Join us in person for Worship Services on Sundays at 10:00am Kids church for nursery to 3 year old offered Sunday Forge Student Ministry for Middle thru High School 5:30-7:00pm Live streaming services at 10:00am at

CHURCH OF THE CROSS Please join us for Sunday Worship at 8:30am Traditional Service 10:30am Contemporary Service Communion is served every Sunday at both services. All are welcome! Visit our website at for info on church activities. 28253 Meadow Drive, Evergreen • 303-674-4130

BERGEN PARK CHURCH Saturday 5:30pm, Sunday 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am We are here to love God and to love people, and to serve those who make our communities better. A Gospel Centered Church 31919 Rocky Village Dr. 303-674-5484 /

CHURCH OF THE HILLS PRESBYTERIAN (USA) Worship 10:00 a.m. Reverend Susan P. Boucher Office Hours: Mon 9:00-5:00; Tu-Thur 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Buffalo Park Road and Hwy 73

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH SERVICES 28244 Harebell Lane Sunday Service & Sunday School 10am Wednesday Evening ZOOM Meeting 7:30pm Contact: for ZOOM link Reading Room 4602 Pletner Lane, Unit 2E, Evergreen Open Tues - Thurs - Fri 10am-4pm, Wed 12-6 Sat 12-3pm

CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION EPISCOPAL In-Church Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. All services are also on Zoom: 2nd Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m. services will be in our Meadow --June through September-27640 Highway 74 - ¼ mile east of downtown Evergreen at the Historic Bell Tower CONGREGATION BETH EVERGREEN (SYNAGOGUE) Reconstructionist Synagogue Rabbi Jamie Arnold / (303) 670-4294 2981 Bergen Peak Drive (behind Life Care)

CONIFER CHURCH OF CHRIST PLATTE CANYON COMMUNITY CHURCH “Doing Bible Things in Bible Ways” Located at 4954 Co Rd 64 in Bailey, Office hours M-F 8am-2pm, New Location: Green Valley Center (Corner of Springs Road and Hwy. 285) 303-838-4409. Worship & Children’s Church at 10am, Small Group Studies Sun: 9:00a.m. Bible Study-10:00a.m. Worship; Wed: Bible Study 7:00p.m. for all ages at 9am, Nursery provided. Pastor Dr. Larry Kalb, Youth Pastor Jay Vonesh, Discipleship Pastor Terry Rogers. Other activities: Choir, Youth, Men’s/Women’s ministries, Bible Studies, VBS, MOPS, Cub/Boy Scouts. EVERGREEN CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) 27772 Iris Drive, Evergreen - 303-674-3413 - Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m., with communion every Sunday ROCKLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH We are an inclusive faith community and welcome you to join us “Connecting all generations to Jesus” in our new ministry journey. Please check our website,, for updated service times ¼ mile north of I-70 at exit 254 17 S Mt. Vernon Country Club Rd., Golden, CO 80401 EVERGREEN LUTHERAN CHURCH 303-526-0668 5980 Highway 73 + 303-674-4654 The Rev. Vera Guebert-Steward, Pastor Join us for Virtual Worship on our YouTube Channel: TIMBER RIDGE CHURCH Sunday Worship uploaded by 10am. Location: The Village at Aspen Park + All Are Welcome! 25587 Conifer Rd. Unit 5A201 (2nd floor - above the UPS Store) Sunday Worship 10:00 am • 303-834-3577 MOUNT HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH - LCMS 30571 Chestnut Drive ~ (303)670-1387 UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF EVERGREEN Sunday Worship 9:00am • Education for All 10:30am Rev. Deb Olenyik • 303.674.4810 • Rev. Carl Frank, Pastor 3757 Ponderosa Dr. across Hwy 74 from Safeway in Evergreen Join us in person every Sunday at 8:30am and 10:30am for live worship Please join us online every Sunday at 9am at our website for a new worship experience. “Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds”

To place your listing in the Worship Directory call Donna, 303-566-4114

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Mount-aining social distance on trails With many mask mandates lifted statewide, public health officials urge caution outdoors BY RYAN DUNN RDUNN@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

With many Denver metro counties moving to “level clear” and Colorado ending its statewide mask mandate, the era of coronavirus restrictions seems to be coming to a close. Nevertheless, local public health officials urged caution when asked how to properly practice trail etiquette in a summer that will still feature the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Outdoor mask mandates have seen rollbacks for months, with Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Public Health — which covers Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties — lifting their outdoor mask mandates on April 5 and Boulder County following suit on April 9. A statewide executive order was amended on May 14 to allow fully vaccinated people to go outdoors without wearing masks. Nevertheless, many public health officials are urging caution when visiting trails and open spaces in the coming weeks. The pandemic is far from over in Colorado, which on May 18 reported a case rate of 20 per 100,000 people — the highest in the U.S. at the time of the report. Jefferson County Public Health

A group of friends pose for a photo along a trail in Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain PHOTO BY RYAN DUNN Parks.

Public Affairs Manager Ashley Sever said that despite the move to “level clear,” JCPH was still recommending that people wear masks if they’re in large crowds or uncertain of the vaccination status of those around them. “We’ve moved to level clear,” said Sever. “We still recommend when anybody is around people who don’t have a good vaccination status, if they don’t know, or if they know they’re unvaccinated or in larger crowds, things like that, we certainly want people to continue to take prevention measures.” Dr. Bernadette Albanese, an epidemiologist with Tri-County Health Department, added that while getting a vaccine is likely the best thing to do to avoid getting sick, there are increased risk factors when in heavily trafficked public spaces that would compel mask wearing. “Getting a vaccine is probably

the number one thing you can do to keep healthy,” said Albanese. “When you’re outdoors with a lot of people you don’t know — you don’t know their infection status — and you want to put yourself in the best position to remain healthy, how about a mask? “I don’t think it’s hard to do,” Albanese continued. “And it’ll protect you. And also protect others.” Sever added that some examples of high-risk situations could include being outdoors with people who are being boisterous or have recently vacationed. “When you’re in a higher-risk scenario,” said Sever, “like with someone who recently vacationed, or if people are yelling or screaming or singing and you’re in closer proximity with those people, that’s another reason to wear a mask outdoors. It’s in those higher-risk scenarios where wearing a mask outdoors is still

probably a good idea.” Enessa Janes, Arvada’s deputy director of the Department of Vibrant Communities and Neighborhoods, said that she recommended people continue wearing masks and practice social distancing in parks and on trails, despite the change to “level clear”. Janes added that in situations where it is impossible to socially distance, using one’s best judgment should suffice. “For our part we’re really encouraging people to continue to use (masks),” said Janes, “and to follow CDC guidelines and not visit the parks if they’re feeling sick. “There will probably be situations where you can’t always keep six feet social distancing with passing,” Janes continued. “In those cases, step off the trail if you need to, but please don’t step off so far that you disturb the natural environment or disrupt the habitat. Just be as respectful to other walkers and hikers as possible.” Janes added that she anticipated continued high usage of open spaces, and thanked the maintenance teams that have been working to keep public parks clean throughout the pandemic. “Our trails and parks have gotten so much use over the course of the pandemic,” said Janes,” and can continue to get that use because of how hard our teams have been working to keep the parks looking clean and ready for increased use. We’re really anticipating the same level of use this summer — if not more.”

YOUR OPINION IS IMPORTANT!!! Clear Creek County 2021 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Public Input Survey Clear Creek County, in collaboration with county Municipalities and Special Districts, is updating the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan analyzes the County’s vulnerabilities to natural hazards and identifies mitigation actions. The purpose of this survey is to collect information from the PUBLIC to better identify RISKS and mitigation actions to reduce the impacts of natural hazards, reduce the loss of life, and minimize property damage by lessening the effects of disasters before they occur.

YOUR input is vital to having a comprehensive plan for the County. The survey consists of 9 questions, plus an optional question for additional comments. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Please complete this survey by May 31st, 2021 and return to:

Take this survey online at:

Jane Thomas Deputy Director Clear Creek County Office of Emergency Management P.O. Box 2000 Georgetown, CO 80444

Thank you for your participation!

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1. Thomas Jefferson 3. Cracker Jack 4. 1998 5. Michigan

6. TELEVISION: The longrunning TV drama “ER” is set in which U.S. city?

6. Chicago

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8. 1960

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Public Notice Jefferson County Press Listing for Checks 05/07/2021-05/13/2021 All States Title Services Inc Angela Wood Autonation Chevrolet North Benjamin E Voigt Corey Humrich David Vincent Vahala Ed Carroll Motor Company Inc Edwin Robert McKee Frank Zuech Innovative Funding Services Corp Joshua Neil Claude Jacobson Julie Anne Schlosser Kelly Swickard Kenneth Patrick Ayers Lana Crowe Larry H Miller Laura E McCormick Laurence Thomas Matthew Galek Michael Brady Title Licensing & Courier Inc Urban Motors 3 Clerk & Recorder Custodial Fund TOTAL

Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments Motor Vehicle Overpayments

275.65 8.20 36.49 8.20 8.20 148.95 53.17 50.00 25.00 273.09 19.32 132.85 168.35 11.00 103.63 73.04 104.22 75.00 64.21 8.20 225.13 15.50 1,887.40

ALDOLFO JIMINEZ Service of Process Fee Returns AMERICAN REGISTRY FOR INTERNET NUMBERS Telephone Services AMERICAN TARGET COMPANY Shooting Range Supplies APPLIED TRUST ENGINEERING INC Consultant Services APPLIED TRUST ENGINEERING INC Consultant Services ARAMARK CORRECTIONAL SERVICES LLC Miscellaneous Contract Services ARAMARK SERVICES Recognition/Appreciation AT&T MOBILITY Telephone Services AUMENTUM TECHNOLOGIES Information Services AUMENTUM TECHNOLOGIES Maintenance Agreement BCT COLORADO Police Supplies BOB BARKER COMPANY INC Clothing Supplies BOB BARKER COMPANY INC Clothing Supplies BOB DEAN CORNELL Service of Process Fee Returns BRIAN C DOMINGUES Telephone Services BRIAN T HASSING Telephone Services BRINKS INC Armored Car Services BRINKS INC Armored Car Services BULLSEYE TELECOM INC Telephone Clearing CADAPULT LTD Software Maintenance Agreement CANON SOLUTIONS AMERICA Equipment Maintenance CENTURYLINK Telephone Services CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES OF WYOMING Service of Process Fee Returns CIVICPLUS Maintenance Agreement CLIENT PAYMENT Trial Expense CLIENT PAYMENT Trial Expense CLIENT PAYMENT Trial Expense CLIENT PAYMENT Trial Expense CLIFTON LARSON ALLEN LLP Accounting & Auditing COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA Deed Advertising Clearing COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA Public Notices COLORADO DELTA MECHANICAL Revenue Refunds CONSOLIDATED MUTUAL WATER COMPANY Water& Sanitation Services CONVERGEONE INC Maintenance Agreement CONVERGEONE INC Maintenance Agreement COVENDIS Contract Services COVENDIS Contract Services COVENDIS Contract Services CREATIVE TROPHY AND AWARD COMPANY Recognition/Appreciation CREATIVE TROPHY AND AWARD COMPANY Recognition/Appreciation DIANE J BALTZELL Telephone Services ENERGY SERVICES OF COLORADO INC Building Maintenance EXPRESS SERVICES INC Contract Services FACILITY SOLUTIONS GROUP INC Office Supplies FEDEX FREIGHT WEST INC Postage FOOTHILLS ANIMAL SHELTER Due to Pet Data-Animal Licenses FRANCY LAW FIRM PC Service of Process Fee Returns GALLS LLC Police Supplies GLENN DOUGLAS SANDBERG Autopsy Services HIGH VIEW WATER DIST Water& Sanitation Services INDEPENDENT PROPANE COMPANY Heat & Power INDIAN HILLS WATER DISTRICT Water& Sanitation Services INSIGHT PUBLIC SECTOR INC Maintenance Agreement INTERVENTION INC Laboratory Services INTERVENTION INC Miscellaneous Contract Services INTERVENTION INC Services & Charges (Other) JAIME BROWER PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES Medical Services JEREMY T COHEN Mileage JOHNSON CONTROLS FIRE PROTECTION LP Life Safety Maintenance JOY DAWN HIRAKI Telephone Services KAIZEN FOOD RESCUE Consultant Services KISHINEVSKY, TATYANA Services & Charges (Other) KUBAT EQUIPMENT AND SERVICE COMPANY Equipment Maintenance LAURA A ARMSTRONG Mileage LESLIE BETHEL Service of Process Fee Returns LOGRHYTHM, INC Consultant Services MAACO COLLISION REPAIR & AUTO PAINTING Commercial Repairs MADISON CLEANING SERVICES Janitorial Services MAJESTIC DOCUMENT HOLDERS LLC Office Supplies MILLER, RANDI J Autopsy Services NICOLETTI FLATER ASSOC Medical Services NICOLETTI FLATER ASSOC Medical Services OUTPUT SERVICES INC Postage PROVEST LLC Service of Process Fee Returns PYRAMID COUNSELING INC Legal Services QUADIENT LEASING USA INC Postage QUEST DIAGNOSTICS CLINICAL LABORATORIES Toxicology Services RENEE S. WILSON Legal Services RENTAL SERVICES INC Professional & Technical Services (Other) ROCKY MOUNTAIN BOTTLED WATER Services & Charges (Other) RPS PLAN ADMINISTRATORS INC Flex Child Care RPS PLAN ADMINISTRATORS INC Flex Medical Insurance RPS PLAN ADMINISTRATORS INC Flex Transportation SAFARILAND LLC Police Supplies SANITY SOLUTIONS INC Computer Hardware & Software SANITY SOLUTIONS INC Maintenance Agreement SATELLITE TRACKING OF PEOPLE LLC Laboratory Services SCL HEALTH Medical Services Scott Eschenberg Services & Charges (Other) SCULLION, TOM Miscellaneous Contract Services SOURCE OFFICE PRODUCTS Office Supplies SOURCE OFFICE PRODUCTS Police Supplies STADIUM MEDICAL INC Medical Services STATE OF COLO Postal Fees STATE OF COLO Printing Services STERICYCLE INC Autopsy Services STERICYCLE INC Medical Services STEVEN LOUTH LAW OFFICES Service of Process Fee Returns

15.00 150.00 591.00 4,725.00 2,025.00 18,595.83 100.00 2,534.36 90,407.60 135,611.40 21.00 160.80 160.80 88.50 60.00 60.00 1,945.83 648.61 8,362.92 3,625.00 3,470.28 96.29 48.50 6,290.46 54.75 653.38 64.69 80.00 55,322.50 122.00 1,658.20 45.00 611.90 2,830.77 653.40 12,195.00 7,392.00 7,744.00 138.00 64.00 167.38 5,137.35 654.48 809.83 9.66 380.00 15.00 3,788.18 1,274.99 543.27 3,454.13 46.60 5,419.56 2,745.00 21,740.00 246,127.38 3,000.00 169.12 120.50 54.28 3,025.62 90.00 3,099.15 29.12 75.00 21,000.00 4,808.10 450.00 1,245.33 2,600.00 450.00 1,280.00 20,908.00 15.00 88.54 500.00 74.70 397.00 450.00 50.81 3,749.50 18,045.33 150.00 124.44 576.05 455.33 200.00 8,073.00 45.00 637.50 2,782.36 440.52 1,762.50 11,742.20 4,646.80 357.18 1,190.60 2.50


1,035.45 45.00 1,772.73 373.40 2,190.17 200.04 310.14 10.00 346.50 2,628.00 4,231.40 93.82 184.96 399.18 87.50 245.00 487.24 417.45 440.11 415.00 1,413.00 549.70 1,746.30 7,818.90 104.72 720.80 6,500.00 9,108.57 19,382.25 843,936.99

Intergovernmental To State


Miscellaneous Contract Services Miscellaneous Contract Services .

9,250.00 2,639.90 2,447,086.79

Flex Medical Insurance

214.58 214.58

ANNA THEODORAKOS Program Supplies ARVADA, CITY OF Pass Through Intergovernmental AT&T MOBILITY Telephone Services AVALANCHE AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING INC Building Maintenance AVALANCHE AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING INC Building Maintenance BFI FOOTHILLS LANDFILL Trash Removal Services BOAG, AUDREY A Research & Studies BRIAN FORTH Event Fees-Boettcher Mansion BUFFALO PARK IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION Pass Through Intergovernmental BULLSEYE TELECOM INC Telephone Services BULLSEYE TELECOM INC Telephone Services CENTURYLINK Telephone Services CENTURYLINK Telephone Services CIVICPLUS Software as a Services (SaaS) COLORADO BARRICADE CO Sign Maintenance Supplies COLORADO BARRICADE CO Sign Maintenance Supplies CONSOLIDATED MUTUAL WATER COMPANY Water& Sanitation Services CONSOLIDATED MUTUAL WATER COMPANY Water& Sanitation Services ERO RESOURCES CORP Trail Improvements GOLDEN, CITY OF Water& Sanitation Services HARDLINE EQUIPMENT LLC Machinery & Equipment INTERMOUNTAIN REA Heat & Power KEN CARYL RANCH WATER & SANIT DIST Water& Sanitation Services KEN CARYL RANCH WATER & SANIT DIST Water& Sanitation Services KUMAR & ASSOCIATES INC Trail Improvements LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN WATER DISTRICT Water& Sanitation Services MEGAN E KREUTZER Mileage MOUNTAIN VIEW WASTE SYSTEMS LLC Trash Removal Services RPS PLAN ADMINISTRATORS INC Flex Child Care RPS PLAN ADMINISTRATORS INC Flex Medical Insurance SAFE SYSTEMS INC Building Maintenance SAFE SYSTEMS INC Miscellaneous Contract Services SOUTHERN ROCKIES SEED NETWORK Research & Studies UNIVERSITY OF DENVER Research & Studies XCEL ENERGY Heat & Power Open Space Fund TOTAL

208.95 300,516.56 95.21 697.50 697.50 417.67 3,666.00 2,000.00 29,160.00 190.61 37.89 79.91 223.45 6,562.50 222.00 173.00 22.70 93.90 1,510.00 321.77 176,656.00 272.57 87.37 51.12 3,314.00 886.31 24.08 175.00 250.34 1,447.88 210.00 431.85 5,000.00 2,500.00 3,559.67 541,763.31



Janitorial Services Services & Charges (Other) Telephone Services Trash Removal Services Water& Sanitation Services Water& Sanitation Services Traffic Related Power Traffic Related Power JCSO Uniforms (Goods/Inventory) JCSO Uniforms (Goods/Inventory) Trash Removal Services Disposal of Construction Spoils Disposal of Construction Spoils Flex Child Care Flex Medical Insurance Land Lease JCSO Uniforms (Goods/Inventory) Lawn & Grounds Maintenance Irrigation Water Services Traffic Related Power Traffic Related Power

156.75 279.00 53.42 160.00 48.22 52.44 24.79 33.31 147.00 136.49 70.00 120.00 198.15 416.67 1,396.55 1,345.00 38.04 19,629.06 11.61 824.68 11.61 25,152.79

A&A LANGUAGES LLC HS-Miscellaneous Contract Services ALAN L BUDDEN HS-Mileage ALISON J HANSEN HS-Mileage ALYSIA C JACOBS HS-Mileage ANGELINA BARRY MAIORCA HS-Mileage ASHARANI JILL BEHNKE HS-Mileage BAIRD, DIANE HS-Miscellaneous Contract Services BILLIE L BAIN HS-Mileage BULLSEYE TELECOM INC HS-Telephone Services CARRIE L EMMOT HS-Mileage CLIENT PAYMENT HS-Assistance Payments County Paid CLIENT PAYMENT HS-Assistance Payments Other CLIENT PAYMENT HS-Assistance Payments Other-Fatherhood CLIENT PAYMENT HS-Assistance Payments Rent CLIENT PAYMENT HS-Refund Assistance Payment-State CLIENT PAYMENT HS-Refund Assistance Payment-State COGNITUTOR LLC HS-Miscellaneous Contract Services COLO STATE UNIVERSITY HS-Miscellaneous Contract Services COMMUNITY SAFETY 1ST INC HS-Miscellaneous Contract Services DARCI LYNN RODECAP HS-Mileage EMILY N ROUNDS HS-Mileage EXPRESS SERVICES INC HS-Miscellaneous Contract Services J K MULLEN HIGH SCHOOL HS-Training & Education JEFFERSON CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH HS-Miscellaneous Contract Services JEFFERSON CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH HS-Miscellaneous Contract Services

295.00 279.55 201.26 122.64 110.60 220.19 250.00 96.38 149.97 53.20 100.00 10,394.19 120.00 159,547.08 8.00 217.00 866.80 3,500.00 425.00 65.02 220.64 19,669.03 444.00 495.00 2,078.80


33.60 213.92 91.84 262.64 267.12 87.19 100.00 885.36 66.08 114.97 461.55 383.26 140.87 171.02 9,074.75 40.50 2,379.78 7,640.83 10.50 90.44 1,494.57 15.00 63.17 90.00 5,090.36 72.52 229,271.19 609.58 609.58

HS-Telephone Services HS-Services & Charges (Other) HS-Telephone Services

52.54 70.00 111.99

HS-Services & Charges (Other) HS-Miscellaneous Contract Services HS-Utilities (Other) HS-Utilities (Other) HS-Miscellaneous Contract Services HS-Food Supplies HS-Food Supplies Flex Child Care Flex Medical Insurance HS-Office Supplies HS-Utilities (Other)

47.00 1,668.48 27.50 193.12 5,393.00 126.96 10.44 263.16 619.58 343.39 799.58 9,726.74

EXPRESS SERVICES INC HS-Miscellaneous Contract Services Workforce Development Fund Grants TOTAL

6,686.91 6,686.91

CENTURYLINK Telephone Services 190.93 HILL PETROLEUM Fuel 32,538.26 RPS PLAN ADMINISTRATORS INC Flex Medical Insurance 204.67 Fleet Services Fund TOTAL 32,933.86 AED EVERYWHERE INC Equipment Maintenance 169.00 ALEXANDRA H AWE Telephone Services 156.69 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES INC Computer Hardware & Software 675.36 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES INC Computer Supplies/Software/Equipment 198.83 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES INC General Supplies (Other) 53.53 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES INC Recognition/Appreciation 12.31 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES INC Recognition/Appreciation 20.30 BACKGROUND INFORMATION SERVICES INC Recruitment Services 459.00 BAILEY TREE LLC Lawn & Grounds Maintenance 305.00 BAKER & TAYLOR COMPANY INC Library Books & Materials-Digital 638.36 BAKER & TAYLOR COMPANY INC Library Books & Materials-Print 22,505.08 BAKER & TAYLOR COMPANY INC Library Books & Materials-VAS 5,005.55 BAKER & TAYLOR COMPANY INC Special Events Supplies 699.62 BANCROFT CLOVER W AND S DISTRICT Water& Sanitation Services 83.21 BEAR CREEK LANDSCAPE CO LLC Snow Removal Services 6,570.00 BIBLIOCOMMONS INC Computer Hardware & Software 6,382.96 BIBLIOCOMMONS INC Computer Hardware & Software 3,191.48 BPAZ HOLDINGS 15 LLC Building Rent 16,383.66 BRADLEY A GREEN Telephone Services 156.69 BRENDA L BROSTROM Computer Supplies/Software/Equipment 301.58 CENTURYLINK Telephone Services 1,044.52 CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL ERWIN Telephone Services 156.69 CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL ERWIN Telephone Services 52.23 CINTAS FIRST AID & SAFETY General Supplies (Other) 39.82 CINTAS FIRST AID & SAFETY General Supplies (Other) 18.09 COCAL LANDSCAPE SERVICES INC Snow Removal Services 400.50 COLO DEPT OF LABOR & EMPLOYMENT Equipment Maintenance 80.00 CONSERVE A WATT LIGHTING INC Electrical Supplies 102.00 CONSOLIDATED MUTUAL WATER COMPANY Water& Sanitation Services 123.30 EMERALD ISLE LANDSCAPING INC Lawn & Grounds Maintenance 1,919.00 EMILY A VROTSOS Mileage 0.56 EMILY A VROTSOS Mileage 0.56 EXPRESS SERVICES INC Temporary Agencies 1,470.19 FEDEX GROUND INC Courier Charges 52.75 FOUR SEASONS AWNING, LLC Equipment (Other) 626.00 GARCIA-REVELLO, ELISA Programs 250.00 GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE SOLUTIONS INCProfessional & Technical Services (Other)2,687.50 HAYNES MECHANICAL SYSTEMS HVAC Services 246.00 HDR ARCHITECTURE INC Building Construction & Design 19,607.20 HOLLY E RAPP Mileage 53.76 INGRAM LIBRARY SERVICES Library Books & Materials-Print 1,597.07 INGRAM LIBRARY SERVICES Library Books & Materials-VAS 71.68 JESSICA A PAULSEN Mileage 15.74 JOSEPH J GROVER Telephone Services 156.69 JULIANNE M RIST Telephone Services 156.69 KELSEY N ASHTON Mileage 28.00 KEN CARYL GLASS INC Building Maintenance 563.00 LAKE RIDGE ACE HARDWARE Building Supplies 114.87 LOWES Building Supplies 1,259.44 LOWES Electrical Supplies 39.66 LOWES General Supplies (Other) 431.56 MARC CALDER Telephone Services 156.69 MIDWEST TAPE Library Books & Materials-Audio Book 8,037.04 MIDWEST TAPE Library Books & Materials-DVD 7,862.78 MIDWEST TAPE Library Books & Materials-VAS 5,721.69 MOBILE MINI Equipment Rental 125.69 MOBILE MINI Equipment Rental 167.58 OVERDRIVE INC Library Books & Materials-Digital 12,605.85 PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT MARTIAL ARTS INC Programs 200.00 RAVEN PRINTING CENTERS INC Printing Services 307.61 RAVEN PRINTING CENTERS INC Printing Services 276.14 REPUBLIC SERVICES INC Trash Removal Services 1,767.56 RPS PLAN ADMINISTRATORS INC Flex Child Care 993.35 RPS PLAN ADMINISTRATORS INC Flex Medical Insurance 4,132.49 RPS PLAN ADMINISTRATORS INC Flex Transportation 15.00 SCHOLASTICS INC Special Events Supplies 10,428.44 SPRINT Library Books & Materials-Digital 8,449.90 STAT COURIER SERVICE INC Delivery Charges 25,633.10 Continued to Next Page CC444524

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Public Notices Legals City and County Public Notice JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF EQUALIZATION LEGAL PUBLICATION PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that beginning on August 1, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners of Jefferson County, Colorado will sit as the Jefferson County Board of Equalization (the “JCBOE”) to review the assessment roll of all taxable real and personal property located in Jefferson County, Colorado, as prepared by the Jefferson County Assessor (the “Assessor”), and to hear appeals from the Assessor’s determination of value of real and personal property for tax year 2021. Any property owner who timely protested to the Assessor, and who has been denied in whole or in part, may appeal to the JCBOE by filing the petition on the Notice of Determination form provided by the Assessor. A protest to the Assessor concerning real property would have been timely if it had been postmarked by June 1, 2021 or hand delivered to the Assessor by June 1, 2021. A protest to the Assessor concerning personal property will be timely if it is postmarked by June 30, 2021 or hand delivered to the Assessor by June 30, 2021. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that all appeals to the JCBOE concerning the 2021 valuation of real and personal property must be postmarked or dropped off to the Board of Equalization Office of the County Commissioners of Jefferson

County, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80419 on or before September 15, 2021. The JCBOE shall set hearing dates for all protests of real and personal property which have been denied in whole or in part by the Assessor and timely appealed to the JCBOE. All such appeals will be heard and decided by November 1, 2021. A DROP BOX WILL BE LOCATED IN THE ATRIUM AT THE JEFFERSON COUNTY COURTS AND ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING, 100 JEFFERSON COUNTY PARKWAY, GOLDEN, CO 80419. Filing Dates: If the date for filing your Notice of Determination falls upon a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, it shall be deemed to have been timely filed if filed on the next business day, 391-120(3), C.R.S.. Legal Notice No. CC444523 First Publication: May 27, 2021 Last Publication: June 2, 2021 Publisher: Canyon Courier NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT JEFFERSON COUNTY, STATE OF COLORADO

poration who has an unpaid claim against the said project, for or on account of the furnishing of labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by such Contractor or any of said work, may at any time up to and including said time of such final settlement, file a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim.

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2. All such claims shall be filed with Elaine Fears, Manager of Accounting Operations Jefferson County Colorado, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden CO 80419-4560.

Notice to Creditors

3. Failure on the part of a creditor to file such statement prior to such final settlement will relieve the County of Jefferson, State of Colorado, from any and all liability for such claim.

Estate of Claude Roger Courcy, Deceased

County of Jefferson, State of Colorado Lesley Dahlkemper, Chairman Board of County Commissioners Legal Ad No.: CC444522 PUBLICATION: Canyon Courier Publication Dates: First: May 19, 2021 Second: May 26, 2021

Pursuant to C.R.S. Section 38-26-107, notice is hereby given that on the 7th day of June 2021 final settlement will be made by the County of Jefferson, State of Colorado to: American Civil Constructors LLC, 4901 S. Windermere St., Littleton Co. 80120 hereinafter called the “Contractor”, for and on account of the contract for the West Quincy Ave Retaining Wall and ROW improvement project in Jefferson County, CO. 1. Any person, co-partnership, association or cor-

Legal Notice No. CC444527 First Publication: May 26, 2021 Last Publication: June 2, 2021 Publisher: Canyon Courier

Thomas A. Siegfried, Personal Representative 1414 Point Crisp Road Sarasota, Florida 34242


Public Notice For Sale: Evergreen Metropolitan District will receive bids to purchase a vacant lot, Jefferson County Parcel ID# 51-113-01-316, located on Bonita Park Trail, Evergreen Colorado; 6,050 ft2 of non-buildable property. The minimum bid on the property is $25,000, AS-IS. Sealed bids are due at the District Office at 30920 Stagecoach Blvd., Evergreen, by 1:00 pm on Monday, June 7, 2021.

Legal Notice No. CC444526 First Publication: May 27, 2021 Last Publication: June 10, 2021 Publisher: Canyon Courier

Case Number 2020 PR 31323 Division 11


All persons having claims against the abovenamed estate are required to present them to the Personal Representative or to the District Court of Jefferson County, Colorado on or before September 12, 2021 or the claims may be forever barred. Shirley Kelleher 7551 Dunbar Dr. SW Sunset Beach, NC 28468 Personal Representative

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named estate are required to present them to the Personal Representative or to the District Court of Jefferson County, Colorado on or before September 26, 2021, or the claims may be forever barred.

Legal Ad No.: CC444515 First Publication: May 12, 2021 Last Publication: May 26, 2021 Published In: Canyon Courier PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Stephen Wayne Siegfried, aka Stephen W. Siegfried, Deceased Case Number: 2021 PR 30590

Estate of Barbara Ann Lombardi, Deceased Case Number 2021PR30215 All persons having claims against the abovenamed estate are required to present them to the Personal Representative or to the District Court of Jefferson County, Colorado on or before September 19, 2021 or the claims may be forever barred. Antonio "Tony" Lombardi 6645 Union St Arvada, Colorado 80004 Personal Representative Legal Ad No.: CC444519 First Publication: May 19, 2021 Last Publication: June 2, 2021 Published In: Canyon Courier


All persons having claims against the above-


Library Books & Materials General Supplies (Other) Courier Charges Janitorial Supplies Janitorial Supplies Janitorial Supplies

70.00 328.91 15.56 144.76 125.23 169.47 185,068.12


True Connect Loans Employee Legal Services Employee Legal Services Broker Fees Home and Auto Insurance Professional & Technical Services (Other) Professional & Technical Services (Other) Claims Administration Services Flex Medical Insurance UHC Medical Claims

875.57 422.94 520.08 14,447.75 3,460.04 33.80 2,724.80 1,034.00 202.08 411,482.19 435,203.25


Police Supplies Police Supplies Laboratory Services Equipment Maintenance Police Supplies County Travel Flex Child Care Flex Medical Insurance Office Supplies Police Supplies

21.00 21.00 300.00 296.00 4,176.77 213.50 1,179.19 3,193.77 (148.56) 71.66 9,324.33

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Office Supplies Wireless Service

67.43 247.99 319.41

General Supplies (Other) Bank Charges

50.72 1,008.54 1,059.26

Computer Supplies/Software/Equipment Computer Supplies/Software/Equipment Police Supplies Police Supplies Telephone Services Equipment Maintenance Bank Charges Telephone Services Telephone Services Telephone Services

252.59 4.10 302.68 720.00 139.25 1.75 (24.85) 4,122.83 4,083.78 4,183.19 13,785.32

AT&T MOBILITY Telephone Services BULLSEYE TELECOM INC Telephone Services COLO DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT Intergovernmental To State COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION Professional Dues & Memberships KATIE D KIRJAK Mileage RPS PLAN ADMINISTRATORS INC Flex Child Care RPS PLAN ADMINISTRATORS INC Flex Medical Insurance US BANK Computer Supplies/Software/Equipment US BANK Credit Card Fees US BANK Credit Card Fees US BANK General Liability Insurance US BANK General Supplies (Other) US BANK General Supplies (Other) US BANK General Supplies (Other)

8,770.00 296.99 344.00


Do you know what laws / ordinances are changing in your community?

Read the legal notices and you will!

805.00 91.28 2,066.72 2,327.30 2,165.10 (66.86) 90.00 1,034.00 114.00 115.00 138.73

US BANK US BANK Public Health Fund TOTAL

Incentives (Non-Training) Prepaid Expenses

61.90 1,137.71 19,490.87

Professional & Technical Services (Other) Professional & Technical Services (Other) Mileage County Travel Medical Supplies/Drugs Computer Supplies/Software/Equipment Training & Education Training & Education Advertising & Publishing (Other) Computer Supplies/Software/Equipment

402.54 130.00 79.52 55.78 850.00 83.00 195.00 65.00 406.45 1,091.52 3,358.81

Flex Medical Insurance

62.50 62.50

ZIONS FIRST NATIONAL BANK Interest Expense ZIONS FIRST NATIONAL BANK Interest Expense Jefferson County Finance Corporation - Debt Service Fund TOTAL

866,625.00 113,046.16 979,671.16


ZIONS FIRST NATIONAL BANK Southeast Sales Tax - Debt Service Fund TOTAL CLIENT PAYMENT CLIENT PAYMENT Community Development Fund Grants TOTAL

Trustee Fees HS-Assistance Payments Rent HS-Assistance Payments Rent GRAND TOTAL

500.00 500.00 1,113.52 1,600.00 2,713.52 5,789,826.69

Legal Notice No. CC444524 | First Publication: May 27, 2021 | Last Publication: May 27, 2021 Publisher: Canyon Courier

BE Informed! County and city governments run legal notices each week in this newspaper. Find out which laws are changing or new laws being considered; how the county / city is spending your tax dollars; liquor licensing requirements; bidding on government projects; final settlements for those projects; times and dates of public hearing; and others. Remember, the government works for you.

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Young Rotarians had a surprise service challenge in April. They had 60 minutes to thank as many Evergreen Community Heroes as possible. They managed to visit 31 businesses in that time!

Sarah Grube (junior) and Cole Schymanski (senior), along

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Young Rotary’s Fall Service Challenge - students were challenged with collecting 100 pounds light, so teaching our brains of food for EChO Food Bank in 60 minutes. Evergreen Rotarians pledged to donate money to think about things in a per pound collected. Over 120 lbs of food was different way is crucial to taking collected and Rotarians donated almost $3000 to EChO. Young Rotarian Abby Ast and Rotarian action to help others. We met Mendhi Audlin weigh a food donation at EChO

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YOUNG ROTARY EHS Young Rotarians Pilar, Carly, Abby along with Evergreen Rotarian Chris say thank you with LOTS of balloons during their challenge.

Young Rotary still managed to meet each week on Zoom during Covid

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EHS Young Rotary, formerly known as Interact Club, is dedicated to making the Evergreen community a better place through leadership and community service. We are the youth leaders of Evergreen, assisted by the Evergreen Rotary, who want to inspire our community to create positive change. Beginning in the 20/21 school year co-presidents

in August of 2021 at EHS.

RYLA/YRYLA – ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS Any interested High School student is invited to participate in the one-day Virtual RYLA on July 24, 2021. Visit to register.

The Evergreen Rotarians come from diverse backgrounds and various careers. We strive to improve societies by utilizing the talents and experiences of our members. Visit us at

Young Rotarian Pilar DaRonco helps re-package food for Metro Cares Food Bank

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We invite you to join our club’s weekly meetings on Friday mornings. Please email

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